Six “American Style” Examples of How Rugs Embellish a Room

Interior designers know most people embellish their homes with different furnishings, but sometimes overlook the significance of rugs. Not only do rugs beautify an area, they provide the foundation to build upon for all the other decorations in a particular room. If you are considering a new rug, why not “Buy American” and support the artisans with the trend setting designs in rugs. Want to see their work? Here are six “American Style” examples of how rugs embellish a room. The bold Lotus rugs cleverly combine cut and loop; and low and high piles in distinct color combinations for a dynamic and harmonious composition. Made from the highest quality New Zealand wool, the Lotus rugs are hand-tufted in the USA by experienced craftsmen and feature natural hemp backing. Elizabeth Eakins’ objective is to bring to market all natural fiber products that are the best available in how the vast assortment of rugs are designed and how they are made by hand in America. We need more products made in the US by local work forces. Entirely customizable, the Holland & Sherry rug collection allows for almost unlimited flexibility of size, color or pattern. Their rugs are made from the highest quality materials (wool, vegetable fibers and even leather). These rugs are made from leather and do not wear out, they wear in with age.Good leather is produced using hands, eyes, and sensitivity to a beautifully finished product. Carousel’s hand-tufting mill represents the epitome of our custom work. Almost anything is possible in terms of shape. Sizes can vary from a small welcome mat to a grand hotel lobby; The sky really is the limit. Hillary Anapol’s rugs are made in Nantucket by hand on traditional floor looms. She makes breathtaking cotton-linen & wool-linen woven rugs. Do these examples cause you to look at “American Made” rugs in a different light? I hope they do because here are some examples of how I love to embellish a room. Related Sites Diane Paparo Studios, Ltd. Elizabeth Eakins, Inc. Holland & Sherry Edelman Leather Carousel Carpets Hillary...
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Five Reason’s American Style Bathrooms are Trés Chic

No room is more American than the bathroom. Nothing shows off a house better than a stylish bathroom with a classic pedigree. That is why as we continue our series on American Style, we bring awareness to the many incredible, talented people here whose art is anything but home spun. We celebrate the bathroom – American Style. Objects of art and stylish design are as likely to be found in the bathroom as any room in the house. In the bathroom, they also have highly functional uses. Here are five reasons American Style bathroom are trés chic: Luxurious and comfortable tubs are made from Master cast stone, a hard wearing, smooth composite stone material with the appearance of natural stone without the disadvantages of excessive weight and a cold surface. Sherle Wagner designs maintain a quality of timelessness through an artist’s understanding of an aesthetic that does not pass with the ages.   Who says that a faucet has to be your standard goose neck? Why not make it an elephant, with a monkey on its back and tusks for handles? J. Tribble is proud to say the majority of its over 50 different custom sink base styles are built at its workshop in Atlanta by a group of artisans dedicated to their craft. This is a handmade basin sink, which can be any color or shape to relate to the design of the bathroom. Bathroom fixtures should be anything but ordinary. In fact, if you are like me, you will look for the extraordinary and you can find it from artisans in the U.S.A. For more examples of how to take the ordinary to extraordinary, let me show you why “it’s all in the details.” Does this give you ideas about personal style for your bathroom? Related Sites Tyrell & Laing International, Inc. P. E. Guerin Sherle Wagner J. Tribble One Dream...
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Creating the “American Style” with Extraordinarily Talented Artisans

Some of the best, most sophisticated Interior Designers and artisans are right here in our own backyard. It is my honor to introduce you to some of the best artisans I have found in my 20+ years of working as an Interior Designer. Items that I will feature in today’s blog as well as those to come are what you would want to covet and pass on to the next generation. At a time when we want to keep America working, I want to bring awareness to the many incredible, talented people here whose art is anything but home spun. These are not the type of items that you would buy and discard in two years for something new and better. There is an intrinsic value in buying quality. Some wise, old soul had once said, “Buy cheap, buy twice. Buy quality, buy once.” It is exquisite, sophisticated and worthy of a name to distinguish how good it is; I call it “American Style”. Good design and good quality stand the test of time, and here are eight hand crafted pieces of classic designs from the Paradise City Art Show in Northampton, MA. I love the lace work of this hand blown glass. It reminds me of sea life floating in the water. I would love to see this in the Foyer of a beach house. I like the leaf pattern of this bowl and that you can see right through it, which casts a beautiful shadow on the tabletop. This bird nest looks magical to me as though it is floating with the cobalt blue eggs and guardian bird. This would look lovely on a coffee table because it is pretty from all sides. The hardestpart about picking this vase is that each piece from this collection is magnificent. I would love to hang a series of clear glass shadow boxes on the wall, with lighting from behind to properly exhibit this piece. These bowls would look great sitting on a Kitchen island with fruit in them. The silhouettes of these pieces are a natural complement to the shape of fruits and vegetables.       This piece would look great on a table in front of a window. It would be fun to see what the colors look like on the opposite wall when the sun shines through it. I like the contrast between the curve of...
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